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Old Jul 17, 2003, 9:39 AM   #1
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Default Digital Wallet - advice needed

Just got a EOS 10D. Fills up my 1gb and 512mb CF cards very fast. I will be traveling overseas in Africa for two weeks and am looking for a cost effective, reliable 20 gb portable storage device. I have been recommendend the Delkin Picture Pad. It seems like this is the most expesnive one on the market. The big NY photo houses (like B&H) seem to mostly carry the Delkin and Nixvue brands. If you skip the color LCD screen you can save about $200 with the Nexvue Digital Album light.

Do I really need a color LCD to view pictures on the road? I have no real desire too look at pictures away from home (too busy shooting). It may help to make sure the pictures are properly load though. I am not sure. Any advcie or comments on the Nexvue light vs other would be greatly appreciated.

I have seen some recent tweb posts on Tripper and Image Tank G2 20gb products but I am concern about reliability and support as it does not seems to me their is a company standing behind these products. I may well be wrong, but that is teh impression I have gotten from reading certain web posts. Seesm some people love the new produccts but others have had bad experiences. So I was thinking of staying with the "brand" name products. Again, appreciate advice from folks with recent experiece with any of these products.

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Old Jul 17, 2003, 3:21 PM   #2
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With the price of many laptops being so low, I prefer a laptop as my digital wallet. You can get outstanding laptops for $600. A few flash cards usually will last they day. Upload the images to the laptop where you also get the added benefit of viewing them on a much larger scale.

If, however, you are "ruffing-it" and really need the compact size, I would agree with you - having a viewfinder really is of no significant benefit.
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Old Jul 19, 2003, 1:54 PM   #3
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or if you have access to a computer purchase an external burner. its not as convenient, but it will cost far less.
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Old Jul 19, 2003, 2:03 PM   #4
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that neat little color lcd will draw the life out of your rechargable battery just like it does in your camera.

you mentioned the nixvue lite. it does a verification of your xfrs that is an excellent feature.
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How much will you value your images? I know I am paranoid. The use of a single image tank, and erasing your CF cards will put all your images on a single hard drive that will get bumped around and possibly [easily] stolen. But perhaps you do not bother backing up your harddrive on your personal computers. Look on ebay or photo.net or similar and buy a used one. 20GBs seem to be selling in the low $200s. Secondly, buy two and store images on both each night. It would be highly unlikely that both hard drives would go down during the trip, or that both would be stolen assuming they are kept separate. Third, if you can afford it, I would suggest that the image tanks be only used to back up CF cards. But this approach requires the purchase of many expensive cards. However, again look to ebay where 1GB cards slower than 40x can be had for slightly over $100 apiece.
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CompactDrive did make a big noise amount the professional photographers, pays to read more reviews and reports.

http://fhoude34.free.fr/PortableHD.htm

I own many PSD already and CompactDrive is unbeatable with its Speed.

I'll post a simple report

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Speed -Using SD9, I shoot in RAW, and my 1G is full in minutes I need to go back to work as the wedding is in progress. My previous PSD (Image Tank, Nixvue, e-film) will free me up after 15 to 20 mins. CompactDrive Takes just over 3 mins for the same task

Battery life –My last job, it stores 30G of data on a set of AA rechargeable, I don't need to say more as any other PSD won't even last for 15G

Battery type –CompactDrive is the ONLY product on the market using AA, all others use special battery and takes hours to recharge.

Build Quality–Most / all build like a toy, CompactDrive is made of nicely finished Aluminium

Brand name –CompactDrive does not waste money in advertising but reinvest the profit in research and development, However it's performance is well know by the professional photographers world wide.

Future Proof - CompactDrive's firmware is upgradeable, and itis the first PSD to support FAT32 (>2GB) Flash card 2GB and 4GB CF cards and micro drive

Simple operation - No useless function (MP3 etc.) nor power hungry tiny colour display, only design to copy/backup your digital film.

Battery Charger - The charger does a wonderful job charging and maintaining the battery, the battery is really "FULL Capacity" and does not even feel warm after charging overnight, I really notice the difference on my power hungry Metz flash gun



[align=left]Conclusion - This is the BEST PSD I own so far, It would take a long while for other manufacturer to catch up to PD7X's performance in every aspect and durability (nice aluminum case), however I am also hoping to see some similar products from Nikon or Canon because of their build quality, they surely realized PSD is a necessity for DSLR users or even a compact to normal size digital camera user (new 5, 7, 8mp CCD)[/align]

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[align=left]A 6MB video footage of downloading 512mb 1X CF > CompactDrive below[/align]

[align=left]http://www.paulchen.co.nz/compactdrive/default.htm[/align]


[align=left]Now I know why everyone is saying[/align]


[align=left]CompactDrive is design by Professional Photographer for the Professionals[/align]
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CompactDrive International Co. Ltd is in the process of setting up its global retail and support network.

http://www.CompactDrive.net - Global Support Site


http://www.CompactDrive.co.uk - United Kingdom and EU region Sales and Support
http://www.CompactDrive.co.nz - Australia, New Zealand region Sales and Support
http://www.CompactDrive.us - USA, Canada region Sales and Support
http://www.CompactDrive.com.tw - Taiwan and Asia region Sales and Support
http://www.CompactDrive.jp - Japan region Sales and Support
http://www.CompactDrive.com.cn - Manufacturer's website
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TO CompactDrive member

your post looks too much like an AD intead of a report

However, I did buy one and it's really GREAT, I guess I do not need to send it back and claim the 7 days money back guarantee :?
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